Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers Inc. (FOG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1987. FOG operates two programs: Education & Outreach and Quality Certification Services.
FOG began as a grassroots organization, with the office located at various times in someone’s kitchen or an unused corner of a barn. The Organic Food Production Act of 1990 required that the USDA develop national standards for organic products, and FOG was heavily involved in the development of the National Organic Program regulations governing organics. The National Organic Program Final Rule was published in the Federal Register in 2000. FOG continues to be very active in policy, including continuing development of the NOP standards. FOG is also active in developing and implementing Farm Bill programs.
Quality certification services (QCS)
In 2001, FOG received its USDA accreditation to certify farms as organic under its certification program, Quality Certification Services (QCS). QCS is a USDA and ANSI ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification body that offers a wide array of certification options for farming, livestock, aquaculture, compound animal feed, packing, handling, processing, and wild harvest operations.
education & outreach
FOG’s Education & Outreach Program conducts projects, such as Fresh Access Bucks and farmer workshops through generating knowledge, sharing resources and applying the expertise of FOG in ways that advance organic agriculture and healthy and just food systems.
We educate producers, consumers, the media, institutions and governments about the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture, presenting at tours, conferences, workshops, classes and other educational opportunities.
Agricultural justice project
In 1999, disappointed that the U.S. National Organic Program’s standards did not address the people involved in organic agriculture, Michael Sligh of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI – USA), Richard Mandelbaum of Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas/Farmworker Support Committee (CATA), Oscar Mendieta, Fundación RENACE, Bolivia, Elizabeth Henderson of Peacework Organic Farm and Marty Mesh of Florida Organic Growers and Consumers began a stakeholder process to develop standards for the fair and just treatment of the people involved in organic and sustainable agriculture.
Florida FarmFinder is a program of Florida Organic Growers (FOG). This program was originally created by the Conservation Trust for Florida (CTF) in coordination with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Agronomy through grant support provided by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.
The Florida FarmFinder’s searchable database provides listings of available farmland and farming opportunities, and profiles of farmers in search of mentoring and agricultural employment opportunities. Users may search for listings fitting certain criteria—such as region of the state or land use, or may access the entire set of listings. Registered users may create their own listings, and can contact others with listings.